Free Ice Cream at the Connoisseur Pop-up Studio. No Joke

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Free and Ice Cream. Three words that don’t get put together nearly enough. But today is our lucky day, because free ice cream is exactly what you’ll get. What a way to launch a new range of ice cream flavours. By offering them free for all. As if you’re not going to stop by. Connoisseur are dishing out cones of their new The Empire Collection flavours in a spruced-up art gallery in Surry Hills. But only until this Sunday.

Why The Empire Collection? Well, the four new ice creams are inspired by four historical characters; Emperor Nero, King Louis XIV, Emperor Jing Zong and King Cyrus of Persia. The flavours? In an ode to Italy the Emperor Nero is a fusion of coffee hazelnut flavoured ice cream with chocolate coated hazelnuts and hazelnut liqueur sauce; from the French King Louis XIV, vanilla flavoured ice cream gets the royal treatment with a dose of choc flakes and Armagnac sauce. Strange but not one to turn your nose up at, the extravagant Emperor Jing Zong flavour is a combination of red bean ice cream with coconut. For a sweet ending, there’s the tribute to King Cyrus of Persia with pistachio ice cream swirled with a sauce made from cinnamon, honey and dates.

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Let’s get back to the free part, shall we? From now until Sunday 21st September all you need to do is stop by The Empire Collection Pop-up Gallery. Not only can you try the flavours for free, you can also check out the bespoke artworks (this pop up is in a gallery for a reason, you see) by Melbourne artist Steve Cross, who also designed the tub artwork for The Empire Collection.

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Want more than just a scoop? Dig into a tub or four of The Empire Collection in the comfort of your (judgement-free) home. These flavours are now on sale at Coles, Woolworths and selected Independent retailers nationally for just $7.99 a pop.

Connoisseur The Empire Collection Pop-up Gallery
Blank Space Gallery, 374 Corwn Street, Surry Hills 2010
Wednesday 17 September, 12pm-8pm
Thursday 18 September, 12pm-8pm
Friday 19 September, 11am-9pm
Saturday 20 September, 11am-9pm
Sunday 21 September 12pm-8pm
connoisseuricecream.com.au

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